01. Belltown Ramble
02. Adventure Rocket Ship
03. Dialog (Sex, Death, & Food)
04. Ole! Tarantula
05. Balloon Man
06. Flesh Number One (Beatle Dennis)
07. Tiny Montgomery
08. Lo And Behold / Life During Wartime
09. Elvis Presley Blues
10. Queen Elvis
11. Brenda's Iron Sledge
12. Flanagan's Song
13. Copper Kettle
14. Creeped Out
01. Dialog (Guitar Strings)
02. (A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations) Briggs
03. I Wanna Destroy You
04. Miss Ohio
07. Dialog (Band Tribute)
08. Acid Bird
09. Queen Jane Approximately
Robyn Hitchcock - Acoustic Guitar/Vocals/Harmonica
Peter Buck - 12-String Electric Guitar
Gillian Welch - Acoustic Guitar/Vocals/Harmonica
David Rawlings - Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
John Paul Jones - Mandolin
Sean Nelson - Backing Vocals
When I first purchased tickets for this show it was being billed as "Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus Three." After a few weeks the event was changed to "Robyn Hitchcock & The Nashville Crawdads." It was advertised that Peter Buck and Nashville Friends would be playing with Robyn - but all other possible guests remained a mystery right up until show time.
Robyn started with Belltown Ramble and when he got to the line "Where the Claremont used to be CLA-'REM'- ONT" - out walked Peter Buck quickly followed by Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, John Paul Jones, and Sean Nelson. It was a pretty good bet that Gillian and David were going to be there - but, everyone was simply blown away by the fact that John Paul Jones was playing mandolin.
The performance put in by the band this night can be summed up by simply saying that it was "Fantastic!" The vibe was relaxed and there were several "huddles" to discuss what songs/chords/parts everyone would play. Robyn told a few crazy stories as is his tradition - and the night was very magical.
Enjoy the recording and continue to share the gift of music.
December 4, 2016 Subject:
and i will second jessibird
and thank you for reminding me how good this capture is.
Loose in the best possible ways, the players and audience are having a wonderful time.
I especially love Miss Ohio > end of show, esp. Television, and Queen Jane.
Returning, because this show is that good.
There's tons of wonderful music on the archive.
I know, I've downloaded gigs+.
This is one of my favorites......(there are some shows from the 3 Kings Pub that are in the running.)
Just look at the band!
Loose, goofy and absolutely wonderful.
April 20, 2013 Subject:
This is my top pick of Robyn's recordings here to date. What an amazing bunch of performers.
August 23, 2008 Subject:
I'm not the first one to say so, but this show really is magical. Robyn remarks that "it will never be mixed"--a shame, in a way, but part of its charm: a unique meeting of musicians & a fleeting, one-of-a-kind evening. "Queen Jane Approximately" ends the show majestically & Robyn's "Life During Wartime" lyrics are a hoot.
April 10, 2007 Subject:
You are absolutely right, thank you for the quick response to my issue (which was entirely on my end) and the amazing show... for some reason "I Wanna Destroy You" did not download the first time, but I just grabbed it and am making a new disc. With regard to Briggs, etc... yeah, I know the songs well, love Robyn's music and think I have just about everything he's officially put out, but love the live shows... see him every time he comes around, which in Portland is quite often fortunately! Thanks again, sorry about any confusion. This is one of the best shows both in quality of the recording and content that I have ever had the pleasure to get my hands on. Thank you my friend!!!!
April 9, 2007 Subject:
I Wanna Destroy You
I double checked the original master MD and all tracks are represented here - and in the proper order.
d2t01 is dialog that begins with "Guitar Strings" but also goes into the topic of "Bush and Rove." Since the dialog began with "Guitar Strings" and represented almost half of the track - I simply labeled it as "Dialog (Guitar Strings)."
d2t02 is the actual song "(A Man's Gotta Know His Limitations) Briggs" and ends with Robyn dedicating the next song to the administration "in an unpleasant way" - which leads directly into "I Wanna Destroy You."
d2t03 is "I Wanna Destroy You" and was the final song before the encore.
Hope this helps clear everything up.
April 7, 2007 Subject:
What A Great Show
Robyn and the Venus 3 with Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck is quite a super group in itself. On this night in Nashville, they added Gillian Welch and David Rawlings and John Paul Jones. Does that make them a "monster group"?
Two days later in Atlanta, he'd lost his voice and sounded, by his description, "like Leonard Cohen doing Robyn Hitchcock". The Atlanta show was a little short, but still great, but this Nashville night is nothing short of magical.
Robyn has the uncanny ability to do covers of just about any other musician....on this night, he took on Talking Heads; twisted the lyrics around a little, but a mesmerizing performance.